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medicine, ghosts [Dec. 16th, 2000|03:52 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Getting sicker. Can't sleep. Couch and sore throat keeping me awake. Incredibly cold too, no matter how much clothes I put on and how many blankets I wrap up in. Feh. Stupid sickness.

I take the time while I'm sick to realize how un-advanced our medicine technology really is. All this shit should be preventable/curable. But if you look at how far we've already come, it makes you appreciate how large the field is, and how much there is yet to learn. If I had the motivation to learn another field, it'd be medicine. Maybe combined with computers. Hacking the body is my ultimate dream. Imagine having a CORBA interface to everything in your body, even if most the interfaces were read only ... we lack any good way to just monitor arbitrary conditions in the body. Diagnoses often take months (take my freon incident, for instance) ... I dream of a day when you go to the doctor (or even to your nearest computer), plug in, and the computer can tell you what's broken, and the quickest course to treatment... or even jump-start the process for you, producing the right hormones or cells to fight it. *sigh*

I just watched Stir of Echoes and now I keep thinking I'm going to turn around and see a ghost.

Maybe I'll try to sleep again.


[User Picture]From: deatonjr
2000-12-16 04:14 am (UTC)
Yeah we need one of those bio-monitoring devices like they use in star trek. 'I think i've been shot!' Wait, let me use this device to double check! Yes, you are bleeding profusely from right abdomen, and require immediate medical attention!
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2000-12-16 04:34 am (UTC)
"Grandpa! Tell us again how you injured your legs!"

"Well, I was an arrogant youth, I thought I knew it all. But my perl skills weren't up to what a professional would have been. So in my attempt to alter my jump program, I forgot to double check my 'while' loop. So now my legs are constantly checking for the sad undeclared variable $ishigh"

"I was better than your uncle. He decided to install the latest Microsoft abs program. You can see how fat that made him. Brokeware is better than bloatware!"
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-12-16 04:35 am (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: beerhoff
2000-12-16 08:06 am (UTC)

hacking the body?

Thats alls we need, fucking pace makers with windows 9x on them. :P
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2000-12-16 08:41 am (UTC)
Imagine what happen if the hospital runs Microsoft product. haha.. image getting your brain fixed and suddenly the FATAL ERROR pops out.. or when you need some emergency fix, you get a ILLEGAL OPERATION.. you are DEAD!
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